Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has deployed two MAMMOMAT Inspiration Full Field Digital mammography systems with Stereotactic Biopsy from Siemens Healthcare to enhance connectivity and improve efficiency by eliminating the time lost retrieving and displaying film-based images.

The systems are fully integrated to the Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) ensuring that all digital images can be sent and received from centers outside of the Breast Unit.

The systems will help expand digital imaging capabilities and improve services in line with the Cancer Reform Strategy (CRS).

The Inspirations will be used for symptomatic breast examinations and will streamline workflow by offering guidewire insertion and biopsy on the same unit.

Siemens Healthcare regional sales and corporate business manager Graham Walker said clinical staff at Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust now has access to the latest digital breast imaging equipment.

"The MAMMOMAT Inspiration is also expandable for 3D tomosynthesis and thus paves the way for further enhanced diagnostic options in mammography when required," Walker said.